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Our research focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods to address questions in conservation biology and environmental risk assessment.

We are currently interested in methods and approaches for predicting the vulnerability of species to global climate change, human land-use, toxicity and other threats. For more information see Research.

If you are interested in joining the Akçakaya lab as a graduate student, please read Information for Prospective Students.

News

A new commentary in Nature Climate Change reviews recent studies on species vulnerability to global climate change and discusses the implications of these studies for conservation policy and future research. Read about our recent publications on climate change impacts on biodiversity

Why did the Passenger Pigeon go extinct? Could its extinction have been predicted? The answers are in Jessica Stanton's new paper.

How much warning does the IUCN Red List give for species that would go extinct because of climate change? In other words, how much time do we have to save species from climate change? We addressed these questions in a paper published in Global Change Biology. Read about our recent publications on climate change impacts on biodiversity.

Resit Akçakaya is selected to be a Coordinating Lead Author for IPBES deliverable on "Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services."

Our new paper on inferring the causes of population declines from time series data on population sizes is now available online in Conservation Biology.

Resit Akçakaya is selected to be Regional Editor for North America of the journal Conservation Biology.

Our paper on the predictability of species extinction risks due to climate change is published in Nature Climate Change. Read about our recent publications on climate change impacts on biodiversity.

Our paper on conservation of the endangered black-footed ferret and its plague-impacted prey is published in the Journal of Applied Ecology (see the press release).

Presentations in 2014

Resit Akçakaya gave a talk at the symposium Extinction: Biology, Culture, and our Futures on October 11, at Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University.

Resit Akçakaya will give a talk at the City College of New York Biology Department Colloquium on December 8.

Hae Yeong Ryu, "Natal dispesal of the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel". Poster at the American Society of Mammalogists 94th Annual Meeting, in Oklahoma City, OK Ballroom.

Hae Yeong Ryu, "Methods of quantifying dispersal rates in metapopulation modelling". Poster at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Monday, 14 July, 5:30-7:30pm, in UC Ballroom.

K. Shoemaker, et al., "Can the IUCN Red List provide sufficient advance warning of extinction under climate change?" At the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Monday, 14 July, 4:45 pm, in UC 332/333.

H.R. Akçakaya, et al., "Predicting species extinctions due to climate change." At the 99th Annual ESA Meeting, Wed., Aug. 13, 9:40 am; in Magnolia, Sheraton Hotel

K. Shoemaker, et al., "Improving regional abundance dynamics and range-shift forecasts by coupling individual-based dispersal models with matrix-based population projections." At the 99th Annual ESA Meeting, Thu., Aug. 14, 3:20 pm; in 314, Sacramento Convention Center

H.R. Akçakaya, et al., "Linking SDM and demographic models for simulating metapopulations with dynamic spatial structure" (Ignite session). At the 99th Annual ESA Meeting, Thu., Aug. 14, 3:30 pm; in 313, Sacramento Convention Center



Passenger Pigeon
The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.


Bog Turtle
The bog turtle is one of the species modeled to assess warning times for species extinctions under climate change.
Photograph © Kevin T. Shoemaker.



Black footed ferret (Travis Livieri)
Black-footed ferrets are threatened as their primary prey, prairie dogs, experience population crashes caused by the plague.
Photo: Travis Livieri



Ornate Box Turtle is among the species in a study that focused on the predictability of species extinction risks due to climate change.
Photograph © Geoffrey A. Hammerson.



Iberian Lynx
Adapted conservation measures are required to save the Iberian lynx in a changing climate.




Global patterns of threat for vertebrates